DAVE SOLOMON is a New York-based writer and director.
His play, Margaret and Craig, starring Mario Cantone, has been seen in workshop at New York Stage and Film (directed by Tony-nominated Sheryl Kaller), and also received developmental readings with Roundabout, New York Theatre Workshop and The New Group.
Solomon wrote and directed the award-winning short film photo op, starring Randy Harrison, Aaron Lazar, Hannah Bos and Lucas Steele, that played over twenty film festivals including Palm Springs International ShortFest and Outfest Los Angeles. His latest short film, Cavan, is currently doing the film festival circuit (see facebook.com/cavanfilm for more info on screenings). His feature screenplay, Chesterfield Falls, is currently in development.
He will be directing the musical Pump up the Volume, by Jeff Thomson and Jeremy Desmon, in 2020 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse after a development workshop with the Canadian Musical Theatre Project at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and an earlier workshop production at MSU and concert version at Joe’s Pub (that was featured in Entertainment Weekly).
He assisted Bill Condon on the live-action film version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and also worked with Condon on the feature film, Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney.
Solomon has also worked extensively in theatre as an Associate Director to Joe Mantello, Scott Ellis, Sam Buntrock and Bill Condon, among others. He is currently the Associate Director of the musical Tootsie, now playing on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre, and he has worked on twelve Broadway productions including Side Show, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 9 to 5, Pal Joey, Sunday in the Park with George (2008), The Ritz, Curtains, Laugh Whore and Assassins. He also worked with Scott Ellis on “A Christmas Story Live” for Fox.
For stage, he directed the critically-acclaimed world premiere of Diana Amsterdam’s new play, The Dodgers, at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles (starring Corbin Bleu, Talisa Friedman, Jared Gertner, Asher Grodman, Emma Hunton, and Eric Nelsen) and has been developing the theatrical song-cycle You’re Gonna Hate This, with composer Michael Holland and Tony-Winner Lindsay Mendez; he has directed concert versions of the piece at both Joe’s Pub and Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Solomon was the bookwriter for Havana!, an original musical for Norwegian Cruise Line directed and choreographed by Tony-winner Warren Carlyle and featuring music by Ryan Scott Oliver and two-time Grammy-winner Albita Cantante. As a writer, he has also had works produced or performed at Ars Nova and Developing Artists, has been a resident of SPACE on Ryder Farm, and wrote a short piece that was performed in New York City (at the DR2) and internationally as part of the After Orlando project.
Other directing credits for stage include Same Time, Next Year with John Bolton and Eve Plumb, a staged reading of Debra Monk’s play, Dick and Lola, for the Roundabout Theatre Company; that starred Ms. Monk alongside Andrea Martin and Brian Kerwin. He was also the director of Marrying Meg, which was one of the eight shows selected by the New York Times as a highlight of that year’s New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).
Solomon is a graduate of Vassar College and is represented by Michael Finkle (theatre) and Hannah Davis (film) at William Morris Endeavor.